A Centurion’s Servant is Healed

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In this chapter Jesus is confronted with a dying servant (vv. 1-10), a grieving widow (vv. 11-17), a perplexed prophet (vv. 18-35) and a repentant sinner (vv. 36-50). In today’s passage we are introduced to the dying servant as Jesus demonstrates His sovereign power over death. A centurion’s servant was sick and ready to die (vv.1- 2). A centurion was a Roman soldier who was in charge of at least a hundred men. Most Roman soldiers were not known for their love, humility or faith and especially for their dealing with the Jews. Yet we cannot help but be impressed with this man’s great love for his servant and for his humble spirit as he felt unworthy to even have Jesus come to his house (vv. 3-6).

However, the characteristic that most impressed Jesus was the man’s faith (vv.7- 9). He was a Gentile whose background was pagan and as a soldier he was trained to be self-sufficient. Furthermore, we have no evidence that he had ever heard Jesus preach. If this Roman with very little spiritual instruction had this kind of faith in God’s Word, how much greater our faith ought to be (v-10).


Faith that hasn’t been tested can’t be trusted. I need to be so sure of God’s grace that I can stake my life on it a thousand times.

Luke 7:1-10 (English Standard Version)

After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they pleaded with him earnestly, saying, "He is worthy to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation, and he is the one who built us our synagogue." And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, "Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, "I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith." And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the servant well.

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